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Rance’s brilliant finish

Round 23: Rance and Cotchin post match Alex Rance and Trent Cotchin describe the Tigers round 23 over Sydney.
Alex Rance of the Tigers in action during the 2014 AFL Round 23 match between the Sydney Swans and the Richmond Tigers at ANZ Stadium, Sydney on August 30, 2014. (Photo: Anthony Pearse/AFL Media)
Alex Rance of the Tigers in action during the 2014 AFL Round 23 match between the Sydney Swans and the Richmond Tigers at ANZ Stadium, Sydney on August 30, 2014. (Photo: Anthony Pearse/AFL Media)

Richmond’s star full-back Alex Rance was rewarded for his outstanding performance against Sydney at ANZ Stadium with a perfect 10 in the AFL Coaches Association’s Player of the Year voting for the final round of the 2014 season.

Rance received 10 out of 10 from respective coaches Damien Hardwick (Richmond) and John Longmire (Sydney) for the pivotal role he played in the Tigers’ thrilling three-point win.

He had 16 disposals, including 12 crucial intercepts, with six of those coming in the frenetic final term, six rebound-50s, and took seven marks.

It was a display which further highlighted Rance’s growing reputation as one of the elite defenders of the competition.

Dual Jack Dyer Medallist Brett Deledio again attracted the attention of the coaches, picking up eight votes for his superb display against the Swans.

Deledio finished with 29 disposals, including 11 contested possessions, five inside-50s, took five marks, and kicked three goals.

The three other Richmond players to receive votes, following their fine efforts on Saturday, were inspirational captain Trent Cotchin (two), key defender Troy Chaplin (two) and talented small forward/midfielder Shane Edwards (one).

Just two Sydney players were in the Round 23 votes – Dan Hannebery (six) and Luke Parker (0ne).

Despite not polling in the final round, rising Richmond star Brandon Ellis is the top Tiger vote-getter in the prestigious coaches award for 2014.

Ellis finished with 59 votes, which was 12 ahead of Cotchin on 47, with young gun Dustin Martin in third place on 45 votes.  Deledio charged home to finish four with 37 votes, while Rance was fifth, on 36 votes.

The full Richmond votes’ list for the 2014 AFLCA Player of the Year award is:

59 – Brandon Ellis

47 – Trent Cotchin

45 – Dustin Martin

37 – Brett Deledio

36 – Alex Rance

30 – Jack Riewoldt

27 – Anthony Miles

19 – Shane Edwards

15 – Ricky Petterd

7 – Ty Vickery

7 – Ivan Maric

6 – Troy Chaplin

5 – David Astbury

4 – Reece Conca

3 – Nathan Foley

2 – Shaun Grigg

2 – Matt Thomas

2 – Bachar Houli

1 – Nick Vlastuin